See What It’s All About

Volunteer Fire Department, Gerrittsen Beach, Brooklyn, New York City

Come Out to the Gertritsen Beach Fire Department & See What It’s All About

The Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is opening its doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of a statewide program called Recruit NY. Over the last several years, it has been very tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Like most volunteer fire departments, the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents. Now more than ever, they need more of their neighbors joining their fire department.

On Saturday, April 9th & Sunday, April 10th between 12pm – 3pm, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department located 52 Seba Avenue will join in an initiative with volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2011. Not only will Recruit NY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. The hope is that a collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will turn the declining number of volunteer firefighters around.

“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse,” said Doreen Greenwood Assistant Chief.  “This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the tasks of a firefighter and EMT. Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”

Throughout the day, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors to participate in. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.


Annual Fund Drive


Dear Friends and Neighbors;

October 2010 began our 2011 annual fund drive. Letters requesting donations were delivered to the doors of over 2,000 homes and businesses in Gerrittsen Beach. Also, in October our Officers and Fire Council were elected into office. The Chief, John Czap and our Corporation President Vincent Mezzatesta have been directing the department since the Installation of Officers ceremony that was held during the Holiday party in December.

There has been much excitement around the Firehouse this past year. The department Instructors are teaching an Emergency Medical Technician course at the Vollies Memorial Training Hall since February. This Class will enable the department , 6 new EMT’s riding the ambulance . During the past year therehave been many new firefighters in training along with many new dispatchers. Special Services has beenactivated so that everyone can offer their expertise to assist the department in their new growth. Weare very happy to have past members join us again to share their expertise.

Save the dates; April 9 and 10th from noon-3pm is a weekend to Learn more about the volunteer fire service in your community. Volunteer NY will be held at the firehouse. All local volunteer fire services will be joining us all over the state. The entire community is welcome to come by. On June 18th at 9am,we will be hosting a blood drive in our training hall. On June 24th at 7pm in the Cort Club, we will holdour annual Chinese Auction. Your support is necessary to keep our unique organization afloat. Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is the only Volunteer Fire Department in Brooklyn.

This month, our annual payment of $29,733.12 is due for the Community Fire Truck. Insurance payments of $29,000.00 are paid through the year for liability for the trucks and buildings. Supplies, equipment and operations run a costly $50,000.00 annually. These expenses cannot be paid without your help. To date a total of less than 20% of the total homes and businesses have been received.

Please take a moment to send in your annual donation in the enclosed postage paid envelope. Goldendonor this year is $85.00 but every donation counts towards our fundraising efforts. Please send whatever you can as soon as possible. If you have already donated this year, thank you . You will be receiving your fund drive sticker in July, after our fund drive is closed for 2011.

The 2011 Fund Drive Committee